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Examining Some Aspects of the Worldview of Students in Australian Catholic Schools: Some Implications for Religious Education

Rymarz, Richard and Cleary, Anthony (2017) Examining Some Aspects of the Worldview of Students in Australian Catholic Schools: Some Implications for Religious Education. British Journal of Religious Education. pp. 327-336. ISSN 0141-6200 (Print), 1740-7931 (Online)

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Religious education always takes place within a cultural context. In recent decades, this context has changed significantly and Catholic schools now engage with a world that is very different from the immediate post-Vatican 2 era. This changed cultural context shapes the views, beliefs and practices of students in Catholic schools. One way of exploring this contextualisation is to describe the worldviews of young people and to discuss some of the major features of these. This paper reports on an ongoing study of students in Catholic schools. It records how they see themselves, their involvement in Church and their religious expression. Results indicate nuanced responses that invite sophisticated analysis of young people and worldview. One clear trend to emerge is the changing perception of students as they progress through the school system. This finding is in accord with a view that describes religious engagement of young people reaching a plateau at a relatively early age. Some of the implications of this study for religious educators in Catholic schools will be drawn out and discussed with a number of recommendation made for practitioners.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Catholic schools, students, beliefs and practices, religious education
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Religious Education
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 03:23
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 03:23
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3469

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